How to Become a CTAE Teacher in Georgia

Working as a career and technical teacher in Georgia can be a good way to pass on any trade skills you've learned. While you don't need the typical certification background, you'll still need to complete the Pathway 4 certification route.

The CTAE pathway is the certification route for teachers of career, technical, and agricultural education classes in Georgia. Below, we'll look at the requirements to become a licensed CTAE teacher in Georgia.

Requirements for CTAE Teachers in Georgia

Average Salary for Teachers Georgia (2017)* $56,640 (Middle School)
$61,720 (Secondary School)
Required Degree High School Diploma
Required Field Any CTAE Field
Testing Requirements GACE Program Admission Assessment
GACE Content Knowledge exam
GACE Program Assessment Entry
and NOCTI exams

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Step 1: Complete Education & Experience

Depending on the CTAE (career, technical, and agricultural education) subject you wish to teach, you'll find variations on the process. The majority of the 25 specializations require only a high school diploma or its equivalent. However, some will require a diploma from a technical college or a post-secondary degree. For instance, the architectural drawing endorsement requires a technical diploma, while the flight operator endorsement requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree. However, to work with the sheet metal endorsement, you'll only need the high school diploma. It's best to look into the requirements for your specific industry prior to applying for certification.

Also, the typical amount of time required for experience in the field is two years of full-time work. Also, if there is national certification in your field, such as welding education by the American Welding Society, you will need to have these credentials as part of your education. So long as you meet the education and experience requirements, you can continue your journey to certification.

Step 2: Complete Required Exams

CTAE teachers will follow the Pathway 4 route to gain certification. For this reason, you'll need to follow the same path that other Pathway 4 teachers take. For instance, if there is an endorsement content knowledge exam through the Georgia Assessment for the Certifications of Educators (GACE), you will need to take it. There are a few fields that do include these exams, such as engineering and agriculture education. You will also need to take the Program Admission Assessment exam, which covers the three basic knowledge areas of reading, writing, and arithmetic. These three subtests must be completed in 4.5 hours and include 152 multiple choice and two constructed-response questions. You will also take the Georgia Educator Ethics Program Entry assessment, which is a set of seven modules that look at teaching skills and scenarios. This is a self-paced exam and is not scored, but all tests at the end of the modules must be completed.

For those fields that are not covered by the GACE content-knowledge exams, Georgia uses the NOCTI field assessments. These cover most endorsement areas, such as technical drafting, plumbing, welding, and nursing. Each exam is set up different and covers important content from that industry. For instance, the plumbing assessment includes 168 questions on safety, installing fixtures, traps, drainage, plumbing service, plumbing math, water distribution, and more.

Step 3: Complete Professional Ethics Check

Finally, all teachers must fill out a personal affirmation sheet when they apply for certification. It asks questions about your work and criminal background. If you respond 'yes' to any question, it does not automatically disqualify you. You will need to include documentation to explain and support your statements on that subject.

Certification Resources for Teachers in Georgia

There are plenty of exams that are taken by Georgia teachers. We want you to be prepared for those exams, so we've included some helpful study guides. Good luck!


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